Merry Kitschmas (continued)

The Aluminum Tree and Ornament Museum (ATOM), located in the Transylvania Heritage Museum
(40 West Jordan St., Brevard, 884-2347) celebrates 50 years of faux firs. (Read a story about the display by Xpress writer Brian Postelle here.)

“The year: 1959. The newest holiday must-have: The all-new, fireproof, reusable, silver aluminum tree!  Made only in the USA, by skilled all-American workers.  Ahhhh, those were the days,” reads the introduction on the Web site. The collection includes only vintage trees, manufactures between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, and each tree is decorated in period-appropriate style. Elvis tree, anyone?

This year, for the first time, trees are also available for purchase. Here’s the deal: “Please contact Stephen Jackson at 884-5304 for additional information about the trees. These trees are vintage trees that are either duplicates of other Museum trees or other trees we no longer need in the Museum display.”

The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission is free.

Videographer Lynda Hysong captures the essence of the display in this YouTube video:

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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